30 posts • joined Friday 26th October 2012 06:58 GMT
I said it two years ago, when EA started issuing single use codes with it's new sports titles. The writing is now officially on the wall, high street retailers are dead.
The companies might survive, if, they ditch all high street stores and staff immediately, and switch to a purely online model. Which is how PC game publishers survived - everyone wants a piece of the Steam pie, and Steam succeeded because retail stores could no longer sell pre-owned PC games because they all came with single use codes,
Essentially, Microsoft just legitimized the loss of thousands of jobs worldwide, and the destruction of dozens of companies who WON'T make the jump in time.
But don't blame Microsoft. EA started it, as did a few other publishers, M$ are just following the lead, I fully expect Sony will have the same plan in place.
It should be obvious.
ANY wireless technology, can, under the right circumstances operate at vastly greater ranges than advertised. often in fact, the advertised range is downplayed, Bluetooth for example only advertised as good for up to 15 feet - while I know for a fact, I can be 30 or 40 feet away in the garden with my bluetooth headphones on, and my phone sitting at my computer still sending the tunes quite happily.
That NFC work further away than expected comes as no surprise, and there needs to be some form of warning system put up. Similar to how there used to be signs in libraries warning you to keep your credit cards away from the check in desk because the magnets could wipe them.
So, people are scred of GG because it might mean more target adverts for them?
Pff, install Adblock for Android, go about your day without seeing any more ads than are already plastered all voer the damn place.
Oh wait... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22166419 <- No ads allowed on Glass. SO bang goes that whole argument even if you are too lazy to bother with adblock.
Or is it people are afraid of being covertly recorded?!
Random examples from a VERY large sample selection, available from ANY web browser and ANY search engine. Targeting YOU might be trickier, but given time i expect it would become possible to track an individual within a certain area.
Google Glass is not the problem. Belief that only the good guys spy on you is.
Yeah, I was skeptical of the 'printed gun' thing.
In the UK it's not really a threat cos where the crap do you get bullets from in any case?
The November mass-sale of explosives makes it pretty easy to make rudimentary pipe-bombs though. I'd much rather see a ban on fireworks than a ban on a 3d printed item you can only make if you have £1500 to spend on a 3d printer, and if you have THAT kind of spending money, you can easily afford to get yourself a real gun. With bullets.
What's the big damn deal?
Apple and Sky can go die in a fire, they're crap, for different reasons but both still offer too little for what they cost (Apple takes your soul, Sky takes your dignity, both take your money).
So the alternative? Wait a year for it to reach British TV? Erm, no ta.
Yeah, we acquire the episodes in a less than legal manner. But by the same token, we also have both box sets, and will be getting the other box sets when they EVENTUALLY get released. HBO wants more money from the product? Release the damn box sets a month after the season ends, instead of a week after the new season STARTS.
That sounds like a complicated way of getting it to work, I always just use http://www.dejavu.org/emulator.htm when I want to muck about with antique browsers...
Because training humans to kill other humans, then sending them into civilian populated areas armed with high explosives, depleted uranium shells and the attitude that all the natives are terrorists, always ends well...
At least a machine would be able to recognize the difference between a Reuters photographer and a guy with a rocket launcher.
Re: oh great
Yeah cos it's googles fault manufacturers are too damn lazy to update their devices.
What version of android are the Nexus devices running again...? Oh yeah, at least 4.1 (with the exception of the Nexus One, which doesn't have hardware support for later versions)
Which is for the benefit of the idiots trying to flog the developer prototypes on ebay, the release version will most likely come under the same agreement as items like oh, say, any android device already does.
You better start punching every police officer you meet, cuz guess what, you're on a LOT of their cameras a lot of the time.
Oh yeah, and anyone holding a phone that vaguely waves in your direction, better start punching all of them too.
In fact, to be safe, just punch everyone who ever looks at you without asking first.
Or just accept that people want these things for more than just taking random snaps of troglodytes who are afraid of anything that might get a picture of their face.
Sweet, boost the resolution, custom overlay, delete all the bloat, install some truly useful apps ported from whatever phone i have by then, and walk around pretending I live in the future!
That will REALLY upset the Mythbusters
It's a fake name, and they misnamed the phone.
It was actually Tony Stark.
Ergh, so it's a skin that overrides your phones own skin? No ta, I waited long enough for someone to make a sweet Deus Ex theme for my rom (Paranoid Android), and I'm far too much in love with the elegant simplicity and gold trim I have now achieved.
An interface doesn't need to be busy to be useful.
Facebook already annoys me by always defaulting to shitty mobile view on my phone, forcing me to reload it in desktop mode, they aint going to win any friends by commandeering the entire interface with shitty mobile view.
Even less incentiveto ever watch tv again. At the moment it's easy to block adverts on the pc and my android phone, but i stopped seriously watching television several years ago (its hooked up to a media box instead), with the occassional foray into bbciplayer etc. But if this becomes the norm, I'll just stick to DVD's and downloaded material stripped of ad content. (i forsee it taking about two weeks for someone to crack the filter on such modified content when it becomes targeted...)
As with the S3 I probably won't bother with this. I still have my S2, and find it does everything I need it to!
If I really NEED some of those camera features, I'll wait until someone over at XDA ports the APK to work on the S2 (because they always do), and then I'll have it.
Obviously the hardware in the S4 is far and away superior to the S2 and I wont ever get stuff like gesture controls, NFC or 4g but lets face it, 4g is going to be crap all use and prohibitively expensive for most people for another year at least, I've only seen NFC payment systems in McDonalds, and gesture control is something I would probably disable in any case because I'm a bit of a clumsy oaf with oversize fingers.
My 2 year old S2 matches the current iPhone in most regards with the exception of the currently pointless 4g, has a bigger screen than the iPhone, and since i don't spend all my time holding my phone 2 inches from my eyeballs, I don't really give a stuff about retina type display quality. In another year, with the s5 on the way, I might get interested in what they have to offer though. I'm expecting google glass to be hitting mainstream market around that time though so dunno... Glass looks WAY more better than a clunky old phone.
Isnt EvE Online built on Python?
Stuff like X-Wings, Vipers, and really any spacecraft with a ground-to-space capability and tubes attached to it for 'thrust' are closer than ever to becoming real things.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_%28spacecraft%29 <- These people need as much money as possible thrown at them, and a million nerds calling out in unison.
America is late to every war it doesn't start, screws up royally throughout, then takes all the credit at the end. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned.
Europe doesn't need America, despite Americas beliefs to the contrary.
We don't need iPhones, Samsung make better phones. We don't NEED Microsoft, linux isn't hard to use. NO-ONE likes American cars except Richard Hammond and we can always dump him in the middle of Africa or somewhere when we need to. American inventions were actually invented by people from Europe, who usually got ripped off by that twat Edison (The Steve Jobs of his age). American attitudes to medicine are Victorian at best, businesses corrupt and aimed at making rich people richer and the poor into some kind of indentured servants, and we should really just deport every lawyer before the borders close, because we are fed up with American style litigation in our courts.
The entirety of the USA could sink into the sea, and the only major complaint would be regarding the tidal wave of McDonalds wrappers and old AOL CD's left floating around.
Europe in general, and the UK especially, has a brilliant film tradition, which might finally be able to truly flourish without the milky, watered down hollywood pap forcefed to cinema goers that spews from the sphincters of idiots like micheal bay.
Oh and a few TV shows would vanish, but lets face it, there's never been a decent TV show from the US that hasn't been cancelled with a shitty ending, so who cares?
Re: Yet likewise
Game publishers see this as some obscure form of piracy, which they can't quite figure out how to get rid of. But they're working on it...
They don't care about high street shops anymore. If they did, they would be supporting pre-owned game trading.
Sony, M$, even nintendo, do not care in the slightest about shops. At the moment it's a collapsing marketplace, since you can be pretty much guaranteed to get your /anything/ cheaper online. Manufacturers know this, and are marketing more and more to internet users, and buyers, and less to bricks and mortar stores. Just look at the near-collapse of Game group - they took over gamestation, competed them against their existing Game stores on the same high street, closed down whichever was making less money, and re branded the survivors as Game.
In the middle of this of course, they skated the edge of bankruptcy and only survived by closing dozens of stores. And the REASON for all this was that companies like EA made sure you could no longer make a profit selling pre-owned copies of their games. All the others followed suit soon thereafter and the pre-owned market died almost overnight. Stores that HAD co-existed quite profitably, suddenly could no longer survive.
If consoles go the same way, and ditch physical copies, this will a: make publishers ECSTATIC, console gamers will be tied into a single platform and a single distribution method, and there can be zero pre-owned market, which publishers always have regarded as some kind of legal piracy. And of course b: Not having to pay the extra premium to a shop for the privilege of paying minimum wage clerks will save consumers cash. Camera retailers have learned this the hard way, only supermarkets stock cameras now, the last real camera shops died with Jessops, and they've been out-competed by online stores for nearly ten years now.
The High Street is dead. All we can do is catch the fire-sales before the last of the doors are locked.
SO we have
The prototypes for nuclear power cells that can fit inside phones and watches, early power armor being field tested by the army, oil reserves running lower every day, and now a process that could lead to giant insects...
When Apple rebrand themselves as VaultTec, you'll find me heading for the hills.
Re: Excess oxygen
The future is coming: http://images.wikia.com/fallout/images/b/bb/Radroach_Vault_101.jpg
Obsolete junk. What really needs to be done is throw lots of money at the Skylon people. Real, surface to space jet/rocket hybrid engines which look EXACTLY like the engines from just about every one of the more awesome sci-fi spaceships? (The atmospheric capable ones at least!) I'll buy that for a dollar!
Skylon engines for lift-off/re-entry, and an ion drive for interplanetary (Luna, Mars etc) propulsion, would make colonizing the solar system WAY more awesome than tooling around with what is, lets face it, Nazi developed terror weapons from the 1940's. Lets 21st century this shit already!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17864782 <-THIS is cool, can't wait for flight tests.
http://www.freewebs.com/battlestarguardianbsr65/Viper_Mk_II.jpg Three Skylon engines!
http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/X-wing_SWGTCG.jpg Four of them!
http://www.thescifiworld.net/img/wallpapers/users/foomandoonian_01_1024x768.jpg (These ones actually have jet-intakes, as seen in the show when Mal boots some guy into one of them)
Many many more of course, the concept design for the Skylon plane itself is fairly obvious in it's origins after all.
Can't we have spaceplanes now please? They're way better than dumb old ROCKETS, pah!
The fracking itself, not a problem really. Small earthquakes happen all the time, most too small to be noticed.
What worries me (and most people) is the potential for groundwater pollution. Many of the areas highlighted for exploitation are old mining areas - makes sense, that's where the resources are going to be after all - but unlike some parts of the world where this technology has been used, the UK is riddled with old mines.
Pump enough water into the ground around here, and it starts pouring back out of rabbit holes, forgotten tunnels in woodlands, and the occasional garage floor. Pump in a load of silt and toxic chemicals too?
Yeah, forget doing any organic farming in that area for a while.
In addition to that is the leakage of methane into the groundwater. Not really a problem in areas supplied by reservoirs but not everywhere IS, and you only have to do a quick youtube search to see what happens when methane is dissolved into your drinking water. Still, the couple pence per unit that gas companies will save will be worth it right? I mean, WE the consumer will save loads of money right? Won't we? Right?
Keep believing that.
Fuck this renewable nonsense, fuck gas and coal, get building nuclear reactors and leave whats in the ground alone. We are past the point of needing it, and we only need one generation of nuclear reactors. Fusion is right around the corner!
Re: Is it just me...
Scotland has a large chunk of the shale gas talked about. Currently the UK goverment is trying to sell it all to foreign investors before Independence like they already did with most of the North Sea.
What are ads?
I installed Adblocker on my phone on day one, never seen an ad on it yet, and it genuinely puzzles my why everyone else doesn't do the same. No-one wants to see ads. No-one really likes them, yet we are buried in the damn things day in, day out.
(I have sometimes boycotted products purely on the basis I found their TV or website advert particularly irritating, sure I'm not the only one either. Take note ad makers.)
Wait wait wait... A car that flies AND floats? Well, I have some NEWS for Mr Cook.
Flies, floats, is a RACECAR, and that styling, woah, that is something I would LOVE to have parked in my drive.
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